His Excellency the Governor, Ric Todd, and the Minister of Border Control and Labour, the Hon. Don Hue Gardiner, depart on a two-day visit to Haiti this Sunday (11th of August.) The PS of the MoBC, Mrs. Clara Gardiner, will accompany them.
The Governor and the Minister of Border Control and Labour will discuss further strengthening of joint work with the Haitian authorities to combat illegal migration and developing partnership and business and human relations between TCI and Haiti during a two-day visit beginning Sunday 11 August. Meetings are scheduled with President Martelly and the Foreign and Justice Ministers in Port au Prince, and there will be a visit to the new Coast Guard station at Les Cayes in the south west of Haiti.
Ahead of the trip Governor Todd said:
Building TCI’s relationship with Haiti has been our priority for some time. Most recently Haiti’s Premier Lamothe visited TCI. I am pleased to be travelling with the Hon. Don Hue Gardiner to continue to work with our Haitian colleagues to address illegal migration trip.
TCI and Haiti have a shared interest in ensuring that migration between our two countries is regulated and managed through the proper channels, and this visit is evidence of the continuing commitment of both countries to achieving this goal.
In addition to our migration discussions, there will also be the opportunity for me and the Minister to meet with a TCI business delegation, including officials from the Ministry of Finance, who will be in Haiti at the same time. The two visits underline the importance of the relationship between TCI and Haiti, and the efforts that are ongoing to strengthen the business and human ties between the countries.
There will be a press conference following the Governor and Minister’s meeting with the President, and further details of the trip will be shared with the media throughout the visit.
Attorney General Huw Shepheard will be sworn in as Acting Governor for the period 11th August – 13th August 2013.